Fairfax County is a national leader in K-12 public education. Its students consistently score significantly higher than the national average in standardized achievement tests. The Fairfax County Public Schools system (FCPS; is one of the highest-rated school systems in America, and the area’s numerous private schools offer parents additional education options. Private foreign-language academies, programs and courses also are available to both children and adults.

Fairfax County is also a leader in higher education. The campuses of five major colleges and universities, including the main campus of George Mason University, are located in Fairfax County. Northern Virginia Community College—the largest community college in the Commonwealth of Virginia—has two campuses in Fairfax County.

A highly-trained workforce is one of Fairfax County's greatest assets. Job seekers and employers throughout northern Virginia have access to a comprehensive system of employment and training services and resources—many offered at no cost.